March 11, 2007, Third Sunday of Lent
“Leave it another year, … then perhaps it will bear fruit.” (Luke 13:8-9)
1. Exodus 3:1-8, 13-15
2. 1 Corinthians 10:1-6, 10-12
3. Gospel of Luke 13:1-9
REFLECTION: Another chance. The Lord constantly gives us new chances to grow in his love. He gives us, again and again, opportunities to bear fruit. Our family life can be full of all kinds of beautiful fruits, or dried up and deadly. What in our family provides the good soil, the nourishment, the warmth, the freshness for growth?
PRAYER: Lord of all life, only through you can we bear good fruit. You plant and hoe and prune and water. Your Spirit fills us and makes us grow. Amen.
Think of the people you admire most. Do you admire them more for their outward appearance, or for other deeper qualities?
Lent comes around every year, so does Easter and so does spring. How is your life different this Lent from last? How has your family life changed this past year?
Have a lean meal this evening and give the money saved to the poor.
Pray the Joyful Mysteries of the Rosary with your family this evening.
Place a nice bowl of fruit on your table today to remind the family of the good fruit, good growth.
Prepare the Sunday readings today for the Fourth Sunday of Lent.
Father, through our observance of Lent, help us to understand the meaning of your Son’s death and resurrection and teach us to reflect it in our lives. We ask this through Christ, our Lord. Amen.
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